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Erythema Multiforme


Erythema multiforme is a skin disorder characterized by symmetrical, red, raised skin areas all over the body. The patches often look like "targets" (dark circles with purple-grey centres). The skin condition may be chronic and usually lasts for two to four weeks each time.


  • It is caused by the herpes simplex virus.
  • An interaction with a certain medication
  • Other infectious diseases
  • Certain vaccines


These are the common symptoms and it may vary person to person

  • Sudden, red patches and blisters, usually on the palms of hands, soles of feet, and face
  • Flat, round red "targets" (dark circles with purple-grey centres)
  • Itching
  • Cold sores
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pains
  • Fever 

The symptoms of erythema multiforme may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

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